Over the two days, some 11.5 million people attended the festivities marking City Day, according to Vladimir Chernikov, Head of the Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Activities. Last year saw fewer participants, or around 10 million.
No incidents were recorded during the events. Security was provided by 18,000 police and National Guard officers, members of the voluntary public order squad as well as by over a thousand of private security service employees.
“Our attendance records say some 6.5 million people participated in the celebration on Saturday and around five million on Sunday,” Chernikov reported.
This year, Moscow celebrates an important anniversary, 870 years since its founding. The festivities were spread across the city between 1-10 September as part of the “Moscow 870: City Where History Is Made” festival.
The main events took place on 9-10 September on Tverskaya Street, including the Moscow Conquers, Moscow Builds, Moscow Invents, Moscow Creates, Moscow Sets Records and Moscow Discovers displays. Over 400 major events at more than 300 city, district and neighbourhood sites were organised during the celebratory weekend in Moscow.